The SEIU Local 200United Campaign

Informed patients, making smarter choices

Welcome to SEIU Local 200United’s Collaboration with Consumer Reports

Service Employees International Union Local 200United is collaborating with Consumer Reports to bring union members, retirees and their families important healthcare information from the Choosing Wisely and High Value Care campaigns.

Informed patients make smarter choices. Patients can be safer, save money, avoid hassles and get better sooner if they know how and where to shop for their medical care. With the information on these pages in hand, millions of Americans can make smarter decisions for themselves and their families.

Think you need an EKG as part of your annual exam? How about getting an MRI or CT scan for your headaches? Or antibiotics for that sinus infection that’s bugging you?

While these tests and treatments are commonly prescribed, they’re also frequently overused and not needed. By one estimate, up to one-third of U.S. healthcare spending goes for unneeded medical services. It’s not just wasteful; it can also be personally risky to your health.

Through this initiative, Local 200United members and their families have access to high-quality Consumer Reports articles that can be used as the basis for important discussions with their doctors. Everyone can be safer, save money, avoid hassles, and get better sooner if they know how and where to shop for medical care.

Click the tabs at left for reports about tests, treatments, drugs, supplements, doctors and hospitals.

Contact us for information about this campaign.

Tests and Treatments

High Value Care reports

Put your health-care money where it matters.

High Value Care is a series initiated by the American College of Physicians. These are consumer-friendly versions of reports first published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

Choosing Wisely reports

Do you really need that test? You might be surprised.

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures. The ABIM Foundation and medical specialty groups have created lists of avoidable procedures. Consumer Reports has in turn created these patient-oriented reports.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

Drugs and Supplements

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a public education project that provides free guidance on the safety, effectiveness and cost of drugs. Best Buy Drug Reports combine an expert review of the scientific evidence with pricing information. And our Money Saving Guides will help you navigate the world of drugs – to save money when you buy them, to talk to your doctor about your treatment options and choices, and to take drugs more safely and wisely.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

 

Best Buy Drug Reports

Money Saving Guides

From Consumer Reports magazine

    Dangerous Supplements

  • What you don't know about these 12 ingredients can hurt you.
  • English: Dangerous Supplements

Doctors and Hospitals

These special reports from Consumer Reports magazine address important issues confronting healthcare consumers and their families.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

    Cancer Tests and Treatments

  • When you need that cancer screening test -- and when you don't.
  • English: Cancer Tests and Treatments
  • Dangerous Supplements

  • What you don't know about these 12 ingredients can hurt you.
  • English: Dangerous Supplements
  • Deadly Infections

  • Hospitals can lower the risk, but many fail to act.
  • English: Deadly Infections
  • Dr. Who?

  • The next ‘doctor’ you see might be a nurse practitioner. Here's a guide to who you can expect to see in a white coat, and how they can help you.
  • English: Dr. Who?
  • Healing Hearts

  • Cardiac care is a money-making machine that too often favors profit over science.
  • English: Healing Hearts
  • Medical Homes

  • Patient-centered medical homes seek to provide comprehensive, continuous, well-coordinated care to patients.
  • English: Medical Homes
  • The Real Cost of Care

  • Here's why healthcare prices, for the same service, in the same town, vary so widely.
  • English: The Real Cost of Care
  • What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew

  • How to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship.
  • English: What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew
  • What to Reject When You’re Expecting

  • Here are 10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy.
  • English: What to Reject When You’re Expecting
  • Spanish: Qué debe rechazar cuando está embarazada